Heavyweight contender Chris Arreola, who had to drop out of a Dec. 11 fight because of a left elbow injury, will make his ring return on March 13 at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California, not far from his hometown of Riverside, California.
Arreola (35-4, 31 KOs) will fight an opponent to be determined on the undercard of the debut of boxing on Spike TV. Former welterweight titlist Andre Berto (29-3, 22 KOs) will face Josesito Lopez (33-6, 19 KOs) in the main event. Former welterweight titleholder Shawn Porter (24-1-1, 15 KOs) takes on Roberto Garcia (36-3, 23 KOs) in the co-feature.
However, it has not been determined if Arreola's fight will be part of the "Premier Boxing Champions" telecast. It might be if there is an early knockout in one of the featured bouts.
"I'm itching to get back in the ring and show that I'm still going after my dream of being heavyweight champion of the world," Arreola said. "This is a wonderful platform for me to fight with Premier Boxing Champions and I couldn't be more excited to fight in front of my fans here in California."
The fight will be Arreola's first since May 10, when he was knocked out in the sixth round by Bermane Stiverne in Los Angeles in their rematch for a vacant heavyweight world title.
Arreola, 33, has twice fought for a heavyweight world title, also getting stopped in the 10th round by then-titleholder Vitali Klitschko in 2009, also in Los Angeles.
According to promoter Tom Brown of Goossen Promotions, Arreola's elbow is healthy after the long layoff.
"He tried to come back a little too soon for the Dec. 11 card," Brown said. "His elbow just wasn't ready. He had more time to heal and he had an opportunity to go to camp for this fight and properly prepare. Right now it's a matter of getting him back in the ring and making sure the elbow works well."
The elbow had been giving Arreola problems since about two weeks before the fight with Stiverne, which Arreola considered pulling out of because of the injury. Instead, he went through with the fight and had surgery on July 7.